Understanding “comprehensive afterschool” in the American Rescue Plan

Understanding “comprehensive afterschool” in the American Rescue Plan

In the American Rescue Plan, funds are allocated specifically for “the implementation of evidence-based interventions aimed specifically at addressing learning loss, such as summer learning or summer enrichment, extended day, comprehensive afterschool programs, or extended school year programs.” Many members of the out-of-school time field are familiar with descriptions of “quality afterschool and summer learning programs”—but what is comprehensive afterschool?

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